Your Complete Guide to Making a Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner {From Start to Finish}

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Being vegan is quite a challenge, especially when it comes to the holidays. Thanksgiving, in particular, is a holiday where meat {turkey} is the main star — but it doesn’t have to be. We brought in one of our vegan HG contributors {+ wellness blogger, author, + vegan recipe developer}, Jenn of Neurotic Mommy, to create an entire Thanksgiving menu {from starters all the way to dessert}, minus any animal products. Check out her recipes below and make your very own vegan Thanksgiving dinner. 

Starters/Apps

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Yes, this is VEGAN.

Carrots in a Blanket

I know what you’re thinking, that perhaps this is where you draw the line. Carrots? Really? In a blanket? But — these are a crowd pleaser and head-turner. Served up with some yellow mustard they oddly taste like “the real thing”.

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Vegan Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

Such a fun way to enjoy a classic fave. Brussel sprouts are a great superfood to add to in your holiday menu.

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Easy Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin season is in full swing, so it’s only right to start off with it. Made with fresh parsley and sesame seeds, it’s packed with protein and totally easy to make.

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Bruschetta and Hummus on Toasted Baguette Slices

This is so easy and all sorts of delicious — a nice finger food to start. They look pretty on the tray all while packing a huge flavorful punch. These two together are a must.

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3-Ingredient Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts

This is one of the first things to go at the table and definitely a splurge but totally worth it. Super easy and delicious with a dipping sauce to swoon over. 

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Read More: 6 Caterers That Offer Vegan Thanksgiving Meals in New Jersey + NYC 

Sides

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Cornbread

Three delicious flavors all combined in an easy to bake holiday favorite.

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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

This super dreamy vegan cheese dish is made with sweet potatoes. It’s healthy, nut-free, oil-free, super smooth, creamy, and delicious.

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Crabless Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Crabless Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms are simple to make and are totally delicious. The filling has a crab-like texture and an ocean-like flavor that will really fool your Omni friends.

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The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes

6-ingredient vegan mashed potatoes that are fluffy, creamy, buttery, and loaded with roasted garlic and chives. Perfect as is, with gravy, or with a giant scoop of vegan butter.

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Vegan Porcini Mushroom Gravy

You won’t miss the meat juices in this gravy. The mushrooms and fresh herbs make an extraordinary gravy that will have you asking for seconds.

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts With Rosemary and Garlic

Enjoy these roasted veggies as is or dipped in some delicious vegan Thanksgiving gravy.

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Vegan Creamed Spinach

This healthy creamed spinach recipe is made with a creamy garlic cashew sauce to keep it dairy-free. It has all the flavor you love, without the cheese.

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Green Bean Casserole

Rather than relying on a cream-based soup, it’s held together by a creamy puree of parsnips and mushrooms. The caramelized onion topping still delivers the buttery onion flavor that we all love, without the deep-fried grease and flour to go along with it. All of our favorite flavors covered.

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See More: Where to Find Thanksgiving Pies in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Bayonne

Poblano Cornbread Stuffing

A traditional side with a spicy twist to go with your main meal. Plus, there’s just no such thing as too much stuffing.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Mains

neurotic mommy vegan brussel sprouts caesar salad with chickpea croutons

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

I make this loaf for my family every year. It packs all the Thanksgiving flavors we all love.

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Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash Roast

It’s basically stuffed with Thanksgiving itself, this not only is amazingly delicious but it gives you {and your taste buds} all the thanksgiving feels!

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Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Pumpkins

Tender, roasted pumpkins filled with quinoa risotto and infused with white wine and garlic.

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Thanksgiving Bowl

Literally everything you’d want from Thanksgiving all in one bowl. Roasted veggies, toasty pecans, mashed potatoes, and easy vegan gravy — drooling.

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Thanksgiving Desserts

neurotic mommy vegan cranberry orange loaf cake

Maple Corn Muffins with Cashew Cream Filling

Generously filled with cashew cream, these corn muffins are full of flavor with hints of maple and pecan. All sorts of deeelish.

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Single Serve Pumpkin Pie

Single Serve Pumpkin Pie, for the true pumpkin lovers who do not wish to share this magical, pumpkin-y dessert. Healthy, high in magnesium, and deliciously creamy and dreamy.

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Sweet Potato Layer Cake

Moist, sweet, delicious  — the sexy side of Thanksgiving {lolz}.

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Loaf Cake

Luscious cranberry loaf cake drizzled with a sweet orange glaze. The perfect addition to holiday festivities.

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Vegan Vanilla Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

Decadent, rich, and super delish — can’t go wrong with cheesecake.

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Vegan Carrot Cake

A delicious gluten-free and vegan carrot cake topped with vegan cream cheese frosting. This decadent dessert is allergy-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

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And the number one MUST HAVE beverage during this season is Vegan Coquito!  

neurotic mommy vegan coquito

A traditional Puerto Rican eggnog-like alcoholic beverage that’s dairy-free, creamy, sweet, and delicious just like the real thing.

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And there you have it — a nice line up of what a Vegan Thanksgiving looks like and proof that you can eat meat +  dairy-free even on a holiday.

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